How to Add Google Search in WordPress Site

Google Search is most reliable tool to find the relevant search in your WordPress site. WordPress comes with built-in search feature which fails to provide the relevant search for large site. Most of the webmasters add custom Google search engine (GSE) feature to their WordPress site to help their visitor to find accurate contain. In this guide you will learn how to add Google search in your WordPress site.

Benefits of using Google Search feature in WordPress

There’s no doubt Google is one of the best search engine across the globe and it provides free Google search tool for your WordPress site to find accurate and relevant content.

Another benefit of using Google search feature in your WordPress site is speed. It’s the best search tool for small or large website in term of searching relevant contain quickly.

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to Add Google Search in WordPress Site

  1. Add Google Search using Plugin

  2. Add Google Search Manually

Method 1: Add Google Search using Plugin

Plugins made easy to integrate additional tool or feature to your WordPress site. There is a plugin called WP Google Search which has made easy to find the relevant content in your site.

  • 1. Install WP Google Search Plugin
  • 2. How to Get Google Search Engine ID
  • 3. Add GSE ID and Widget in WordPress
1. Install WP Google Search Plugin

You can install and activate WP Google Search Plugin going to Plugins then Add New in your WordPress admin panel. You can see this guide on how to install WordPress plugins properly.

install wp google search

After activation you need to setup WP Google Search settings. You can click on Settings then WP Google Search. You will see the Google Search Engine ID box which you can get from Google website following the steps below.

wp Google search
2. How to Get Google Search Engine ID

You can find the Google Search Engine ID following this Google Custom Search link and sign in using your gmail ID.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

Now, Click on new search engine link at the left side of your screen. In the Sites to search box type you WordPress site address (URL) and give the name of the new search engine then click on Create button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

You will see the message that created your custom search engine successfully. You need to setup your custom search going to Control Panel button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

It will take you to the setup page where you simply need to copy the Search engine ID clicking on Copy to clipboard button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

Now, Go to Look and fell link at the left side of the screen where you can choose your preferred search result layout. Choose Results only layout and click on Save button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site
3. Add GSE ID and Widget in WordPress

Now, Go back to WordPress dashboard and paste the Custom Google search engine ID in the box that you have copied from Google Search setup page then click on Save Changes button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

You have successfully setup the Custom search. Now, you need to add the search box option to your WordPress site using Widgets. Go to Appearance then click on Widgets.

You will see WP Google Search Widget which you need to drag and drop at the widget section e.g. Primary section at the right side then click on Done link and save it.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

You can see the Google Custom search box in your WordPress site. Visit your WordPress site and see the Google custom search box at the sidebar.

Google search in WordPress site

Method 2: Add Google Search Manually

Adding Google search engine manually in your WordPress site could be challenging for the beginners. You need to access your core WordPress files and replace with the Google search engine code which can be risky. If you have decided to add Google search engine manually then it is recommend you to backup WordPress site before doing this.

Go to Google Custom Search page and click on New search engine. Type your WordPress website name and provide the name of the search engine then click on Create button.

how to add Google search in WordPress site

In the next page you have to click on Get Code button.

click  on get code button on custom search

You will see the code which need to add into the WordPress current themes file using FTP client such as FileZilla. Copy the code.

Copy the code

Now, you need to connect to the web server using FTP client to add the code into your WordPress site. You may like to see this guide on how to use ftp to upload files and folders for more details.

Once FileZilla connects to your web server. Go to /wp-content/themes/active-theme/ folder. Note: Open your active theme folder e.g. twenty twenty.

Find searchform.php file in the list and download it to your computer.

download search form

After downloaded you need to edit the file. Open the file using text editor such as Notepad then delete all the contains from searchfrom.php file and paste the Google Custom search engine code. Save the file and upload it back to the web server in same location.

Now, go to Appearance then Widgets. Drag and drop the search widget to the widget area at the right side.

Drag the search to widget

Load your website, you can see the Google custom search in your website.

Hopefully this step by step guide on how to add Google search in WordPress site is helpful. Here is another guide on 5 Best WordPress backup plugins that you may need for your blog.

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  1. Md Afraim Alvi says:

    That was really helpful thanks

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